Port Vale striker Tom Pope praises character in squad

Tom Pope
Pope scored his first goal since mid October against Plymouth

Port Vale striker Tom Pope feels the club's back-to-back wins have shown the fans that there is a good spirit in the dressing room.

Vale's players have been criticised by some sections of supporters in recent weeks because of a perceived lack of desire and poor attitude.

But Pope told BBC Radio Stoke: "We all want this club to do well and it hurts when your own fans are on your backs."

Vale are 11th in League Two, and are two points off the play-offs.

Pope, a boyhood Vale fan, came off the substitutes bench to score the winner against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from Sneyd Green added: "I have been out injured recently with a groin problem, and I had not trained all week.

"But like a number of other players have done this season I will always put the team first.

"We can hopefully push on from the last two results and force our way back into the play-offs."

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